Amit Mudgal, Lucknow
Published by: Dushyant Sharma
Updated Mon, 08 Nov 2021 04:49 AM IS
Congress, which is preparing to do a new equation with BSP and RLD, is not succeeding.
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Congress is looking for new allies in UP. A glimpse of this was visible on October 31, when RLD chief Chaudhary Jayant Singh was seen close to Congress. While returning to Delhi from Lucknow, Jayant left the flight of the head of the SP, Akhilesh Yadav, and returned to Delhi with Priyanka Gandhi in a private congressional plane. It was argued that the Congress offered Jayant to send him from the Punjab seats to Rajya Sabha. Jayant did not deny this directly, but the difficulty was that this alliance would only be successful if the BSP also participated in it.
BSP to fight 20 seats in Punjab, direct fight with Congress on 18
The big reason for not having a Congress-BSP alliance is the Punjab Assembly elections to be held together with UP. There, the BSP has an alliance with Shiromani Akali Dal. Of the 117 seats, Shiromani Akali Dal has given 20 seats to BSP. In all of these seats, the BSP is in direct competition with Congress. Of these, only Congress has the MLA in 18 seats. However, there is discontent even in Punjab over the allocation of seats. Some BSPs say that Akali Dal has yielded those seats to BSP, where BSP’s base of support is smaller. In fifty per cent of these seats, its electorate is much lower.
three reasons for the conflict
Reason one: congressional maneuver in Punjab and Lakhimpur
The BSP continues a rivalry with Congress when it comes to betting on the Dalits. The important reason among them is that by making Charanjit Singh Channi the Chief Minister in Punjab, Congress played a great Dalit card there, where Congress and the BSP are face to face. Not only this, there was a huge influx of Channi in Lakhimpur Kheri and he gave financial assistance of Rs 50 lakh each to the farmers of the Tikunia case here. The BSP assumes that this objective of Congress is solely to serve the voters of the BSP cadre.
Second reason: Priyanka’s meeting with Bhim’s army chief, Chandrashekhar, at the hospital.
In March 2019, Priyanka Gandhi suddenly arrived at the hospital to meet with Bhim’s army chief Chandrashekhar Azad. Actually, Chandrashekhar was bringing out ‘Bahujan Adhikar Yatra’. He was admitted to a private hospital in Meerut when his health suddenly deteriorated. There, suddenly, Priyanka Gandhi brought the then president of the state, Raj Babbar, and the then head of the western UP, Jyotiraditya Scindia, to meet him and told him that she liked the Chandrashekhar fight. The BSP assumes that this Chandrashekhar meeting was not accidental, but was planned against the BSP.
Reason 3: Upcoming Lok Sabha Elections
BSP is considering this assembly election, as well as the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The BSP think tank believes that if the hands of Congress join in this election, there may be far-reaching adverse consequences. In the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, his constituent should not walk away from him because the BJP is also trying to woo his voters entirely. In this case, you may be injured.